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The Process of MSP in Madeira - The Situation Plan


The report represents the current state of MSP in Madeira and will serve as a basis for future revisions of the Situation Plan for MSP in Madeira. It is produced in the context of the MarSP project, with the aim of assisting the competent authorities of Portugal and Spain to implement maritime spatial planning in three Macaronesian Archipelagos: Azores, Madeira and Canary Islands.

Application in MSP:
Type of Issue:
Type of practice:
Stage of MSP cycle:
Cross-border / trans-national aspect:
Coherence with other processes:
Key words:


  • What are the existing uses and activities in the waters of Madeira?
  • What are the major marine environmental issues in the region of Madeira?
  • What are the existing regional maritime plans and programmes in Madeira?


The document is produced in the context of the MarSP project (completed in December 2019), with the aim of improving the Maritime Spatial Planning process in the Macaronesian Archipelagos of Azores, Madeira and Canary Islands.


The purpose of the document is to support the MSP process in the Autonomous Region of Madeira (Portugal). It summarises the current situation in relation to the main activities and related socio-economic and environmental issues in Madeira waters. It also provides an overview of existing legislation on MSP at the international, national and regional level.


The report is based on the results of the Work Package 3 of the MarSP Project "Defining potential marine uses in Macaronesia, dealing with constraints and conflicts while assuring a good marine environmental status".  Its aims is to support the decision-making process by integrating information on potential activities and uses of maritime space in Macaronesia.


The document provides information on the current and potential future maritime activities and uses in the Autonomous Region of Madeira with the focus on economic, social, environmental and spatial aspects. It provides an overview of the main issues for each sector.


The report focuses on the waters of Madeira and is not transferable to other regions.

Responsible Entity:

Fundo Regional para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FRCT)

Governo dos Açores - Secretaria Regional do Mar, Ciência e Tecnologia (DRAM)

Costs / Funding Source:

The MarSP Project was 80% financed by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. The total project budget constituted 2,1M€.

Contact person:

Project contact: (marsp[dot]project[at]gmail[dot]com)

Project coordinator: (maria[dot]lp[dot]martin[at]azores[dot]gov[dot]pt)